文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ～海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援～
Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–
The SAIMS Program is Sophia University’s AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility for Students) Program. It is run as part of MEXT’s ‘Re-Inventing Japan’ Project to encourage the globalization of Japanese universities.
In 2013, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) launched the ‘Re-Inventing Japan’ Project, an initiative to encourage the globalization of Japanese universities.
A similar globalization program already running successfully in Japan’s neighborhood is the ‘ASEAN International Mobility for Students Programme’ (AIMS).
Sophia University is one of 11 universities in the Project that is participating in the AIMS Program, through the Sophia AIMS (SAIMS) Program.
The SAIMS Program will further the objectives of the ‘Re-Inventing Japan’ Project by helping students from participating universities of the ASEAN region and from Sophia University to come in contact with each other, and study courses of mutual interest and about each other’s countries, thus promoting globalization.
When MEXT launched the ‘Re-Inventing Japan’ Project, program proposals were invited from participating universities. Of those that were presented, seven proposals were selected for implementation.
Sophia University’s proposal forms the course content of Sophia University’s ‘SAIMS Program.’ Titled ‘Trans-Disciplinary Human Development Education Program Aiming for Harmonized Diversity,’ it is a trans-disciplinary program focused on Human Development, with the main theme being ‘Human Ecology: Diversity and Connectivity of Society and Nature.’
SAIMS offers unique courses, such as an ‘Introduction to Trans-Disciplinary Human Development (TDHD)’ and a fieldwork seminar ‘Human Ecology: Rivers,’ in which Southeast Asian students and Sophia students will study together. More than a 100 elective courses are offered in the areas of ‘Engineering’ and ‘Language & Culture’ for Southeast Asian students. Sophia University students will also study various fields offered within the AIMS Program at one of the prestigious partner universities in Southeast Asia.
Through SAIMS, between 25 and 40 undergraduate students from six partner universities in the ASEAN member countries as well as students of the Sophia University will experience a semester-long study abroad each year from 2014 to 2017.
The SAIMS Program thus establishes an educational platform where students from Southeast Asia and Japan study together to analyze and engage in global issues. It also serves as a new model for international higher education through collaboration between ASEAN member countries and Japan.
The entire SAIMS Program is conducted in English.